New Anthology: Voices from Larung Gar

Just released in April!

Voices from Larung Gar is the first collection of talks and writings by the leading voices of Larung Gar, the largest Buddhist institution on the Tibetan plateau. The book offers a compelling vision for Buddhism in the twenty-first century by some of the most erudite, creative, and influential Tibetan Buddhist luminaries today. In everyday language, these leaders delve into an array of contemporary issues, including science, ethics, gender equity, and animal welfare.

This collection features contributions from a range of prominent figures who are forging dynamic, modern paths forward for an ancient tradition. Included are the internationally renowned Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, founder of Larung Gar, his distinguished successors Khenpos Sodargye and Tsultrim Lodro, and erudite nuns holding the scholarly title Khenmo, who are becoming known for their impressive publishing projects. Larung Gar is thus one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most vital communities, actively balancing cultural preservation and innovation.

AVAILABLE FOR ORDER NOW at Shambhala Publications
Enter code VOICES30 for 30% off before May 15, 2021.

“This anthology gives voice to the amazing leaders of the most dynamic Tibetan Buddhist institution of the last century. It illustrates vividly the remarkable ways in which Larung Gar monks and nuns are engaging modern social issues while remaining deeply grounded in their beloved Buddhist traditions.” —David Germano, Executive Director of the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia

“Khenpo Jigme Puntsok Rinpoche was a remarkable master, the Buddha of Tibet in our time. Some of his disciples are among the most highly revered spiritual leaders in the East. This is a blessed book that can be used for reading as well as a sacred object on one’s altar.” —Anam Thubten, founder and spiritual advisor to Dharmata Foundation and author of Choosing Compassion

“I am deeply honoured and grateful for the opportunity to remark on the writings of the eminent teachers of Larung Gar. My observations of both Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro and Khenpo Sodargye over the years have turned gradually to admiration and then to real veneration. Their “walk the talk” approach to the dharma they teach gives great hope to all followers of the Buddhadharma. And so, I want to express my joy that having their words now in printed form will provide at least a glimpse of the unfathomable and infinite activity of these great teachers from Larung Gar.” —Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, author of The Guru Drinks Bourbon?

“Voices from Larung Gar is a groundbreaking volume that brings much-needed focus to one of the most important Buddhist institutions in the world. It provides depth and detail about this monastic academy and contemporary Buddhism in Tibet more generally. This volume also adds nuance to the larger question of how Buddhists interlace tradition and innovation in areas like gender equality, animal welfare, philosophy, and ethics.” —David McMahan, author of The Making of Buddhist Modernism and editor of Meditation, Buddhism, and Science


Editor’s Introduction

1. The Serta Speech
The Tenth Paṇchen Lama, Chokyi Gyaltsen
Translated by Antonio Terrone

2. Heart Advice for the Twenty-First Century
Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok
Translated by Holly Gayley

3. A Spontaneous Song of Victory
Khenpo Sodargye on Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok and Mipham Rinpoche
Translated by Pema Jamyang

4. The Unity of Religion and Tibetan Culture
Metrul Tenzin Gyatso
Translated by Jann Ronis

5. A Case for Animal Compassion
Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro
Translated by Geoff Barstow

6. Buddhism and the New Science of Rebirth
Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro
Translated by Michael Sheehy

7. Answers to Questions on Madhyamaka
Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro
Translated by Douglas Duckworth

8. Liberating Lives
Khenpo Sodargye and Khenpo Sherab Zangpo
Translated by Catherine Hardie

9. The Future of Tibetan Women
Khenmo Rigzin Chodron
Translated by Padma ’tsho

10. Lessons from Buddhist Foremothers
The Editors of the Ārya Tāre Book Series
Translated by Padma ’tsho and Sarah Jacoby


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